What should I wear?
When preparing thoroughly for walking tours it is important to take care that you wear appropriate clothes and shoes. Some participants are very comfortable wearing wooden shoes when walking the Four Days Marches, but this does not mean this applies to you as well.
- The choice for which clothes or shoes to wear is a personal choice. Seek advice on foot-care and the correct footwear. Some prefer walking shoes that leave your ankle bare, whereas others are more comfortable having the support of a semi-high shoe.
- Wear supple walking shoes; a firm shoe will not give way which may cause injuries.
Do not just look at the size of a shoe, but also at its width. Feet will swell up during walking.
- Mountaineering boots are not recommended. These are heavier, firmer, and the high shaft will drive the heath during warm weather.
- Wear socks that drain off the sweat and do not have inconvenient seams.
- Wear fine clothing that can breathe and that will not absorb moist, but will instead allow it to air. Do not wear cotton, this will absorb the moist causing your body to cool down quickly after which you might feel cold. Wear multiple layers so you can adapt your clothes to the temperature of the moment.
- When the forecasts predict bad weather, bring extra clothing and a possible extra pair of socks.
- A poncho is recommended against the rain. Wear a spacious poncho allowing sufficient room for your backpack.
- Umbrella's are not advisable as you might injure your fellow walkers with it.
- When necessary, wear a hat or cap. Moisten the cap regularly during warm weather. A cap will not only protect you from the sun, but headgear will prevent your body from cooling off too quickly when it is raining.
- For the Four Days Marches a small backpack is most suitable. Please ensure that the space between your back and the backpack will be ventilated.